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Japan Customs

The gateway for the trade supporting Japanese industry and lifestyles are seaports and airports. Customs is on the front lines of these trade activities. Customs has three main roles. The first is to collect customs duty, consumption, and other taxes on imported goods. These taxes amount to about 5 trillion yen, or about 10 percent, of Japan's annual tax revenue. The second is surveillance and control over the movement of goods to prevent harmful items from being smuggled into Japan. Customs ensures the safety and security of Japanese society by preventing the smuggling of narcotics, firearms, and other illicit goods. The third role is to facilitate trade. Customs facilitates and promotes the international harmony of trade procedures to expand the world economy and improve lives. For more information, visit https://www.customs.go.jp/english/index.htm